I’ve always been a big fan of these types of images. I like their simple, graphic nature because the message is clear and, quite honestly, it’s just cool photography. I don’t consider myself a very cool photographer but sometimes I play the part pretty well.
I’ve got a bit of a bum knee and have a hard time squatting like I used to so I used the ol’ shoot-from-the-hip technique for this shot. I could have fixed the tilt but it makes the image just interesting enough by balancing out the monochrome color palette with some compositional fun.
On that note: Boring is boring. If you shoot something in color with an uninspiring color palette, try to do something different with the composition. If not, you just have a straight shot of something relatively boring. And you call yourself a pro… That’s okay for someone just beginning, but as you grow into a full-on photographer it’s important for you to push your compositions and move from documentation into art. Considering what you’re doing — whether in camera or at the post-processing stage — is the mark of a grown up photographer.
What do you think of the shot? Good? Boring? Good and boring? Maybe it’s not for everyone but I like to stretch out sometimes and do something more graphic in nature.
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